HQ Avante For Sale in Michigan

I’m reposting because my new machine arrives next week. I’ve lowered the price for this one.

Iā€™m selling my 2013 HQ (HandiQuilter) Avante machine (18 inch throat) on an adjustable Studio frame. The frame can be set up for 4, 8, or 12 foot lengths. This machine has two modes of stitch regulation, precision and cruise. Includes- front and rear handlebars, large size M bobbins, laser light for pantographs and built in LED lighting. Also includes bobbin winder, ruler base, extra LED lights and all documentation. Machine has been serviced regularly by certified HandiQuilter technician. Firmware has been updated. Includes ruler foot and open toe foot. Upgraded quick change foot system. Purchaser responsible for take down (I have all original boxes and will assist with dis-assembly.), pickup, transportation, re-assembly and all associated costs. For more info or to make an appointment to try it out, please send an e-mail to me at sew4given AT aol DOT com. I am located in the Mid-Michigan area. I will NOT ship. Price $7250 or best.

Let me know if you would like to come see him!

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ Swap Mini

I finished my mini for the swap and sent it on it’s way! I hope the recipient loves it as much as I do.

I kept the quilting simple with just straight lines through the geese. I do love the rope pattern in the green strips

I used a Mary Koval print for the back and bound it by bringing the back around to the front and hand stitching it down.

After that, I added another line of quilting just around the edge. I think you can see it here.

My mini finished at 10 by 14 inches. The geese are one inch high and two inches wide. I like it so much, I may have to make another for myself!

And one more photo, because the sun was just right to show off the quilting!

Have a great day!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts , Confessions of a Fabric Addict , Busy Hands Quilts , PrettyPiney

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Throwback Thursday ~ Shirting Quilts

I’m still working on the cactus quilt. The top is together and I hope to start quilting it today. In the mean time, I thought I’d share some of the quilts I’ve made using shirts worn by my hubby, my son, my son in law, and a few bits from my dad. I gave this first one to my dad a few months before he passed away. He used it up until the moment he entered heaven. Now I have it back again.

This one I made for my first grandson, Big L. I wish I had a better photo of it.

This one was for Big E.

This belongs to Little L.

And this is Little E’s quilt.

This last one I have been saving and I don’t think I’ve shared it before. It will be for Grandson #5, henceforth to be known as Tiny E, due in July.

Have a great day!

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Cactus Quilt Part 3

I got up this morning thinking about how to create the setting sun for the cactus quilt. I decided to draft a rough paper foundation and then improv it.

The next step was to add the semi circle. I pieced it in. It isn’t perfect, but good enough.

I puzzled it together with the background. I may add a strip of background to the top and I need to decide on the ground. These are my three options at this point.

I am loving using my hand dyed fabrics in this! Hopefully I can get the top done today.

Have a good one!

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I’ve made a little progress on the cactus quilt. First I lowered one of the arms.

Then I thought this cactus should bloom in the desert. But since this baby is a boy, I used a friendship star block instead of a flower. I also started adding in background bits.

Then I started thinking it would be fun to add a sunset. I think this pinky orange bit will work.

I don’t know how I’ll piece that yet. And I’m not sure about my choice for the ground. Daughter #2 who lived in AZ for six years suggested adding a bit of purple into my sunset as well.


Have a great day!

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DWMonday ~ Cactus Quilt

One of my goals this month is to make a baby quilt for grandson #5. Daughter #1 picked this fabric for the crib skirt. She has a cactus theme for the nursery.

I need to get going on that project, but I decided to skip to the fun part and start on the quilt. I pulled these hand dyed fabrics.

I cut 4 1/2 inch squares, HSTS, and quarter square triangles and put them on the design wall.

This is my take on a free cactus mini quilt pattern found here. It was a good starting point. I didn’t get far with the littles here this weekend. Maybe this week!

Have a great day!

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Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Swap Mini

I set aside my vintage churn dash for a bit. I decided to hand quilt my mini for the swap.

I’d like to get this in the mail this week. It will be hard to let go of!

Happy Sunday!

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